Ask Marianne Williamson: How to Overcome Sadness
— Hope C., Fort Mill, South Carolina
First of all, remember that almost everyone gets sad sometimes. It's part of the human experience, so try to be gentle with yourself while you're going through it.
We return to God every time we connect lovingly to another human being, so your way out of your sadness is by learning to forgive. I'm wondering if you're actually doing a daily spiritual practice involving a regular discipline of prayer and meditation. If you aren't, I urge you to. It's by learning to make forgiveness central to our thinking that we are healed of our pain.
Other people's unkindness—as much as it can sting—is not the reality of who they are. Forgiveness means looking beyond people's mistakes to the innocence that lies within them, and it's when we see beyond their mistakes that their mistakes can no longer hurt us. It's a lot easier said than done, sometimes! But books like A Course In Miracles actually train your mind to think that way.
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Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer who has published several books, including New York Times best-sellers A Return to Love and Everyday Grace. A popular guest on numerous television programs such asThe Oprah Winfrey Show and ABC's Good Morning America, Marianne has lectured professionally since 1983. For more information, visit her official website.
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